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Ubisoft shows off "Watch Dogs: Legion" at E3 preview

By David Villafranca.

Los Angeles, USA, June 10 (efe-epa).- "Watch Dogs: Legion," a game in which the player must join "the Resistance" to free London from the yoke tyranny, was the highlight of Ubisoft’s event ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the world’s largest video game fair which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The Orpheum Theater, one of the most prestigious in Los Angeles, on Monday hosted the official press briefing of Ubisoft, a company that – along with other giants of the industry such as Microsoft or Electronic Arts – has revealed some of its future plans in the run up to the expo.

"I believe video games have a positive impact on all of us and the world around us," said Yves Guillemot, CEO and co-founder of the French developer.

"Our intention is to create games that will make you stronger and happier in your life. When you play Ubisoft games, we hope you will spend quality time with family and friends and meet new inspiring people, learn more about yourself by doing and gain new perspectives on the world and help shape it. To everyone who plays our games, thank you for your love," he added.

Ubisoft is usually one of the most eagerly anticipated conferences among E3 fans, as it tends to focus on fun, surprising and carefree events.

With no new chapter due in the hugely successful Assassin’s Creed saga, Ubisoft’s focus was on the action video game "Watch Dogs: Legion", the third installment of the "Watch Dog" series following "Watch Dogs" (2014) and "Watch Dogs 2" (2016) and that will go on sale on Mar. 6, 2020.

With a spectacular trailer and several minutes of real game play, Ubisoft showed the dark atmosphere in which of "Watch Dogs: Legion", set in a dystopian London whose citizens are always being watched.

One of the keys features of this game is that the player can adopt the personality of different members of "the Resistance" and recruit new members to free the city, whether a young and clueless hacker or a surprising old woman with deadly skills.

Another highlight of the Ubisoft conference was "Ghost Recon Breakpoint", an action video game focused on military commands that will hit stores on Oct. 4.

"Ghost Recon Breakpoint" also left one of the most striking impressions of the event when actor Jon Bernthal ("The Punisher"), whose voice will be featured in this game, appeared at the conference with his dog.

That was not the only surprise Ubisoft had prepared for the conference, which began with a group of cameras and a live performance by Assassin's Creed Symphony.

There was also a group of dancers who took to the stage and began a colorful choreography to celebrate the release of "Just Dance 2020", marking the 10th anniversary of these dance rhythm video games.

"Rainbow Six Quarantine", "Roller Champions" and "Assassin's Creed Odyssey" were also prominent at the conference that ended with a new game inspired by Greek mythology called "Gods & Monsters", which will be launched on Feb. 25.

Ubisoft also dedicated several minutes to mention its collaborations with audiovisual fiction "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet", a television series for Apple TV+ that, with the role of Rob McElhenney ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), parodies the industry of the video games.

It also announced that the movie inspired by "The Division", whose cast is led by Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, will debut on Netflix.

Ubisoft also unveiled the Uplay+, a subscription service for PC games which will later be available on Stadia, the digital entertainment platform by "streaming" from Google.

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